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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Houlton


Will of Thomas Houlton
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 231-232 probate year 1857

In re
     Thomas Houlton      deceased.

In the Name of God amen, I Thomas Houlton being of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament.     First I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal property, lands, tenements and chattels of which I may die possessed to my executors hereinafter named to hold to them and the survivor of them and his executors in trust and for the following purposes first after the payment of my debts and funeral expences to pay the rents issues and profits of all my property and estate towards the support of my wife from time to time as long as she shall live and of my daughter Ellen until she shall be married and from and after the decease of my said wife and of the marriage of my said daughter Ellen then in trust to my said executors to divide the rents issues and profits of my said land and estate from time to time among my daughters Margaret Hanrahan, Mary Gallivan and Ellen Houlton for their sole use, separate and apart from the control of any husband and for which the receipt of my said daughters respectively shall be a valid discharge to my executors. And I do authorise my said executors if they shall think proper to divide and apportion my said lands and tenements among my daughters share and share alike to hold during the term of their natural lives and upon the death of my said daughters respectively leaving a child or children I do devise and bequeath the shares of my said daughters respectively to their respective children share and share alike and to their heirs. And I do bequeath all my furniture that is now in my bed room to Ellen what is in the kitchen to Mary, my watch to William Gallivan and my portable desk to James Hanrahan And lastly I appoint Charles Simms, Esquire, Mr. John O'Mara and Mr. James Cullen executors and Trustees of this my last will.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of December A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty three. Thomas Houlton (LS)
Signed, sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Houlton as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, Geo. Anderson, W.J. Ward.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.

We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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